Cherry Craftsman Side Table

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Project by CharlesA posted 197 days ago 910 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a Craftsman project before I tackle a couple of pieces that will be much larger and more complex. I saw a Stickley style table on the web and decided I’d try to make on similar in cherry.

I learned a lot in the process, getting my new to me Mortiser dialed in on the third leg! I just read something about not always using 3/4 stock, so I was able to plane down my 4/4 cherry to right about 1”, and that seemed to fit this Stickley style, so I went with that.

I mostly am pleased with it, although there are several mistakes on it. I put slight chamfers on the leg edges with a plane instead of with the router. I put in 1/2 inch walnut dowels to pin the tenons. The top came out really well, I think.

I finished it with plain Arm-R-Seal satin. My hope is that the cherry will naturally darken to a fairly uniform color. when I first put the finish on the top, one strip was noticeably darker than the rest, but it has evened out over the last week.

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#1 posted 197 days ago

Very nice table Charles, very nice indeed. Great work on the bottom.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#2 posted 197 days ago

Pretty table Charles, thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 197 days ago

Very nice table Charles…you did a great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 197 days ago

Thanks for the kind words. Next time I’ll know what I’m doing!

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#5 posted 197 days ago

Really good job, thanks for sharing. How did you choose to do the attachment of the legs to the table top? Is there a tiny apron around the top of the legs or something else?

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#6 posted 197 days ago

Very nicely done—looks great!

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#7 posted 197 days ago

Charles, this table is very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 197 days ago

That’s a nice one. I have always been fond of that design.
I think you are right about the thicker top. Without a visible apron, the table benefits from the thicker 1” top.

Good job, and thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 197 days ago

Nice looking table for your first Stickley project.

-- accidental woodworker

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#10 posted 196 days ago

ssehlhorst, I didn’t look at any plans or close up pics on this table, I just went from the one photo. I had actually considered using mortise/tenon to attach the tops of the legs to the bottom of the table top, but decided against that. I ended up making a mortise/tenoning in x-shaped support pieces at the top much like the lower ones, but plain 1.5×1. This also provided a built in squaring of the through tenons below when assembling.

I then decided that it was much easier to use four screws to attach the table top to these two cross pieces. Probably not authentic, but it worked for me.

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#11 posted 195 days ago

That is a great table. Arts and Crafts or Craftsman what ever you call it is a timeless style. Over a century old the design still works for discriminating woodworkers and consumers. Nice project.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#12 posted 195 days ago

Very nice work.The table looks great.The wooden side table enhances your interior more than anyone. Side tables have a huge effect in your living area and choosing the right side tables can make or break the entire space.

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#13 posted 195 days ago

That’s one beautiful and well crafted table. Like the cherry and those joints look great.

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#14 posted 136 days ago

Very fine looking table! Well done!

Bill Whig

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